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Community Education & Training

The Epilepsy Foundation Washington offers Community Education and Training Programs that provide awareness of epilepsy-related topics. In a continuous effort to bring knowledge and education about epilepsy to the community, EFWA staff and volunteers conduct in-person and virtual Epilepsy First Aid trainings. Additionally, specific training programs are available for school personnel, school nurses, first responders (EMT’s, Police, Fire) and employers.

For more information about these virtual or in-person trainings, please contact the EFWA office or email:



Managing Students with Seizures

The School Nurse Training Program is a continuing education training program designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies and resources that will enable him/her to better manage the student with seizures by:

  • Supporting positive treatment outcomes
  • Maximizing educational and developmental opportunities
  • Ensuring a safe and supportive environment

Individual online courses are available at the National School Nurse Association at Click on Continuing Education and then either Managing Students with Seizures for general information or Online Continuing Education for the online course.

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First Responders Training Program

Law enforcement may encounter people with epilepsy having seizures that may be mistaken for illegal or uncooperative behavior. Properly training law enforcement personnel to recognize seizure related activity can help diffuse potential problematic situation or even, in some cases, save lives.

Emergency medical technicians may also need additional education and training on how to respond to and treat people having seizures. EFWA provides basic epilepsy awareness and seizure response training to first responders through educational presentations and video seizure demonstrations.

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Seizure Recognition and First Aid Certification

Seizure Recognition and First Aid Certification is a formal training offered by the Epilepsy Foundation that teaches people:

  • How to recognize signs of a seizure
  • How to respond with proper seizure first aid
  • When to call for help

For further information on upcoming virtual First Aid Certification trainings or to download seizure first aid resources, please visit

For more information on in-person Seizure First Aid Certification trainings and to schedule, please contact us.

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To view an online Epilepsy 101 overview, click on the video below.

EFWA Conferences and Seminars

The Epilepsy Foundation Washington also provides conferences in Seattle and Spokane each November that the public is invited to attend. These conferences host physicians, community advocates and noted professionals who present information about a variety of topics relating to epilepsy. Topic areas covered previously include “Women in Epilepsy,” “AntiEpileptic Drug Therapy,” “Your Human Rights,” “Parenting Children with Epilepsy” and many other areas.

Check the Upcoming Events page for event and conference schedules.

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